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Friday, September 23, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Sept. 23

Story of the Day:
From Juan Gonzalez's Daily News column today: The ever-ballooning pricetag on the construction of the Croton water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park got another gust of hot air, with a finding by the city's Independent Budget Office that the project will now cost $3.4 billion (no typo there), almost three times the original projected cost. Meanwhile, the Parks Department concedes that of the $200 million promised for Bronx park improvements, only $150 million has been committed. The rest won't be spent until 2019, the IBO says.

Quick Hits: 
The latest owner of a troubled high-profile portfolio of Bronx buildings, who was thought by some to be something of a savior, sells out for a profit, leaving angry tenants in his wake

An 87-year-old woman died in an apartment fire on Johnson Avenue yesterday. The blaze also injured her 91-year-old husband.

An at-large subway slasher has straphangers alert on the 4-train.

Mott Haven Herald has this story: Samuel Gompers High School was not included in a DOE application for federal support, angering parents and teachers.

Also in the Herald, a Ghanaian immigrant from Mott Haven with the unlikely name, "Kuwait," makes it easier for Bronx immigrants to ship big packages back to their homelands.

Even though they favor the city's new Bike Share program more than residents of Brooklyn where the program will debut along with Manhattan, Bronxites will have to wait. (Tour de Bronx, on Oct. 23 this year, came long before the Tour de Brooklyn, we should note.)

Kappstatter surveys the all-sides impact of the ticket-fixing scandal.


  1. I am losing respect for Kappstatter with his constant pandering to crooked cops. They did the crime, I have no sympathy for them. They knew what they were doing was wrong. The fact they were all in on it only makes it worse.

    If they don't like being forced to obey the law, they need to find another job. Anybody caught failing to write tickets when they see somebody breaking the law should be fired on the spot for dereliction of duty.

    Any cop who doesn't cooperate with prosecutors is a damn fool with no honor, and no common sense. Letting criminals stay out on the street puts them in as much danger as the citizens they swore to protect.

    Sorry, Kappy, but we need honest cops. No excuses!

  2. It's a shame that Juan Gonzalez didn't call out Jose Rivera. He's the one who brought this filtration and parks debacle to the Bronx. Jose thinks he's a big shot deal-maker, but he's just like all the others, screwing the poor people of color in the Bronx, the same people he pretends to represent. Big talker. Big politician. Big phony. Little man.


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